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How the Swiss government keeps its secrets secret

October 26, 2013 SWISSINFO.CH As the row over spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) deepens – it was reported this week that the NSA monitored calls of 35…

Gulf between rich and poor ‘is biggest global risk’

WEF: Economic, societal and environmental risks dominate list of global risks LONDON: The growing gulf between the rich and the poor represents the biggest global risk this year, the World…

Switzerland: University courses : English a fact of life for many Swiss students

by Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi, swissinfo.ch January 12, 2014 – 11:00 More than ever before, students attending universities in Switzerland are able to do some or all of their degree…

ZURICH DEMO : ‘Asylum is not a crime’

Several hundred people marching with music and banners filled the streets of Zurich on Saturday in a peaceful demonstration against the Swiss federal reception centres for asylum seekers. “Asylum is…

Switzerland: RE-INTRODUCING QUOTAS: Turnout could decide immigration vote

by Urs Geiser, swissinfo.ch January 10, 2014 – 17:00 A proposal to re-introduce immigration quotas would fail to win a majority at the ballot box next month, according to an…

Switzerland: Fast track system to soothe asylum tensions

by Jo Fahy, swissinfo.ch January 7, 2014 – 11:00 Faced with a rising number of asylum seekers, Switzerland wants to cut down the average application processing time to less than…

IMMIGRATION POLICY: ‘In Switzerland immigration doesn’t only create winners’

by Samuel Jaberg, swissinfo.ch January 3, 2014 – 11:00 Swiss authorities will need to use more than just economic arguments if they are to convince a majority of voters next…

Geneva: A unique travel experience

Geneva is one of those cities that is on everyone’s must travel list; I know it was on mine before I finally visited. My mother and aunt lived there and…

UN votes initial funding for Geneva HQ repair

swissinfo.ch and agencies December 28, 2013 – The United Nations General Assembly has agreed to allocate $18 million (CHF16 million) to proceed with the detailed planning of urgently needed repairs…

A small side-step into history: Spain’s Arabs outside of Spain: up to Switzerland

History: SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA Switzerland: In the 10th century, Arabs and Berbers from their Mediterranean Fraxinet base settled in the Valais for a few decades. They occupied the Great St. Bernard…

Swiss expert dismisses Russian ‘political declaration’ on Arafat

STORY SUMMARY The Swiss expert who examined samples of Yasser Arafat’s remains dismissed as a “political declaration” a statement Thursday by Russian researchers excluding radiation poisoning as the cause for…

God is not dead , he only loses the Christian face

by Hugo Stamm on Tuesday the 17th December 2013 TAGESANZEIGER.CH The Christian churches are stuck in an identity crisis . Less than ten percent of the population regularly visit a…

Aga Khan IV: A visionary philanthropist and passionate champion of Muslim heritage

“In Islam, the Holy Quran offers explicit direction to share resources beyond one’s requirements, and to care for the poor and those in need.” These are the words of His…

IMMIGRANTS’ PERSPECTIVES: Iraq ‘is our responsibility; we are all Iraqis’

by Abdelhafidh Abdeleli, swissinfo.ch December 18, 2013 – 11:00 Iraq has seen a massive escalation in violence since April 2013, when 50 people were killed by Iraqi security forces at…

Switzerland: SKILLS NEEDED: Foreigners could need language passport

December 15, 2013 – 20:01 Foreigners seeking long-term residency in Switzerland could be issued with a so-called language passport as part of the approval process if new legislation on integration…

MIGRANT-FRIENDLY HEALTHCARE ; Promoting cultural diversity in Swiss hospitals

by Abdelhafidh Abdeleli, swissinfo.ch December 11, 2013 – 17:00 Three years after the launch of of the government’s Migrant Friendly Hospitals project, questions have been raised about how health institutions…

CONTROVERSIAL COMMODITIES: Villagers give Glencore tax to affected nations

by Ariane Gigon in Zurich, swissinfo.ch December 9, 2013 – 11:00 Residents of villages in canton Zurich are putting morals before money by voting to return tax windfalls from commodities…

Free movement; EU ambassador warns over Swiss immigration vote

swissinfo.ch December 8, 2013 Bilateral accords between the European Union and Switzerland could be endangered if the Swiss people vote in favour of a controversial rightwing initiative to curb mass…